Fundraising campaign aims to help poor children attend specialised programmes

For a good cause: Umayal Eswaran checking out one of the paintings by the children, which was put on sale.

The Vijayaratnam Foundation has launched “A Gift of Love and Hope” campaign to raise funds to support Taarana, a school for children with Special Needs. 

The three-month campaign, which consists of an Indiegogo crowdfunding page and two events — A Night of Laughter and Music at the end of this month and a 5km Charity Run in May — aims to help children with special needs from low-income families so that they can attend the specialised programmes at Taarana School.

Taarana was set up in 2011 by the foundation to provide assistance to children between the ages of three and 17, with physical, emotional or learning differences and who find traditional academic settings challenging.

At the launch of the campaign at Bangsar Village recently, Vijayaratnam Foundation chairman Datin Sri Umayal Eswaran said every gift for Taarana would make an impact.

“Taarana has a reputation for excellence and is an invaluable resource for special needs children because of the level of care and expertise it offers.

“However, we are limited in terms of financial strength to reach out to more children who are in need of special education care.

“Our target is to raise RM350,000 for the Taarana financial assistance programme,” said Umayal.

The foundation has been subsidising the fees for children from disadvantaged and low-income families.

Thorough this fundraising campaign, the foundation hopes to continue with this financial assistance programme, which will help at least 20 other children to get the help they need.

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